200 public EV charging stations sufficient for residents’ needs – Gov’t

The Office for the Development of the Energy Sector (GDSE) indicated that 200 public electric parking charging spots are currently sufficient for the number of electric vehicles operating in Macau, and advised residents who own electric vehicles to install charging equipment in their residences.

According to the department, there are currently a total of 196 electric vehicle charging spots available in the city.

Of these 196 spots available most are installed in 42 public car parks managed by the Transport Bureau (DSAT) – or 80 per cent of all public parks – with only six installed in spots with parking meters in public roads, with four more to be added in public roads.

The Macau SAR Five-Year Development Plan for 2016 and 2020 planned for 200 electric charging parking spaces to be installed in the city.

‘These available 200 public electric charging places are sufficient for use in case of need for reasons of autonomy, for the light electric vehicles existing in Macau, in the medium/short term,’ the department noted.

According to DSAT data, as of March 31 there were 817 electric vehicles in Macau, 740 light vehicles and 77 electric motorbikes.

The GDSE stated that considering the charging of electricity from the point of view of convenience and economic benefits, citizens should install chargers for their own use in private parking spaces and recharge vehicles preferably at night.

According to authorities the fast charging equipment in public charging spots shorten battery life, ‘waste public electricity network resources’ and charging fees will start to be required from residents.

‘The new tariff regime makes private charging cheaper than public charging, and the Government encourages citizens to install, in the parking spaces of residential buildings, private equipment for charging at medium/slow speed, which, in addition to being more convenient, saves money […] is beneficial for life use of batteries and improves the efficiency of the electrical network,’ the department added.

Current regulations were said to already allow tenants to easily carry out electrical works in the common areas of their residence building, by displaying the construction execution notice, the formalities for the installation of charging equipment in parking spaces already have been simplified, and public utility company CEM able to assist applicants with the necessary works.

‘Citizens can also contact users of the same building, who may want to act together, which, on the one hand, will allow reducing the volume of work, and, on the other hand, share part of the costs of the work. Citizens are expected to act in coordination with the condominium management company or the building’s general meeting of tenants,’ the GDSE stated.